We visited Horseshoe Lake campground in mid-June and saw some snow still on the ground! This campground is not accessible for those not familiar with their vehicle's capabilities, or who have crummy tires, the drive in is ROUGH.
We stayed in Site 7, perfect for 3-4 small tents, or 1-2 large ones. It appears to be the largest site, and a short walk to the only vault toilet. Most of the sites are fairly private. This one is right on the road, bit with only 10 sites and very little through traffic, this wasn't any sort of problem. It was right on the lake, and though the mosquiotos were out in full force, it's not unexpected, and was only annoying until we got a nice fire going.
We camped while the campgound was technically closed, but were okayed to do so by the camp hosts at Olallie Lake. With that, the lake wasn't stocked with fish, and it wasn't busy, just some other quiet campers like us.
There are several beautiful lakes nearby with hikes and canoeing and fishing available, which we took advantage of as well.
The stars were out in full force since the light pollution was zero, which made for an amazing nightime view.
Overall a great quick trip, and somewhere I'd for sure camp in again.
This is a huge campground with sites really close to the next one. If you are going to Newport to see the sites and tool around, this is a good spot to call home base, especially if you have a trailer/RV. If you're looking for a quiet, backwoods style campgound, this is not for you. If you stay in the H or I loops, you'll get a quieter, more private spot, which was nice. Bathrooms were clean, and there were lit pathways to help find them in the dark. Everything was really well kept, and the welcome host was super friendly. Close access to the beach is a bonus.
We decided to camp last-minute for the eclipse, and found an amazingly open spot on the east side of Monon lake. While we weren't technically in Peninsula Campground we were very close. We had a lakefront viewing spot for the eclipse from our small, but well laid out campsite.
The road in from any direction is very bumpy and full of rocks, and can be daunting if you're not used to driving on that kind of terrain. If you don't have good tires, don't attempt. Stopped at Olallie store on the way in, friendly folks, and very reasonable prices considering the location. It's very dusty in the summer, so be prepared to cover everything and keep it inside a vehicle or tent if you don't want it filthy. This is a quiet camping area, no tunes please. The boyfriend kayaked on Monon lake, and did some bank fishing on Olallie and caught two trout pretty quickly.
We were close enough to walk to a vault toilet when necessary, which were the cleanest I've ever been in. The woods bathroom situation was sparse during the day, hard to go anywhere without being seen. Time to buy a privacy shower/toilet tent
Since we only camped for one night, wasn't able to hit any trails, but really enjoyed our short time there. We will be back.
We spent a week Kelly's over the 4th of July holiday weekend and week. Lots of campers in and out, but Kelly brought in plenty of clean port-a-potties and kept them that way all weekend. Showers are old, but warm, and the girls working the crab pit were always happy to serve up some great seafood. Not a remote, quiet place, but that's not it's intention. The view of the bay is lovely, and we could even see a full fireworks show without having to fight traffic.